Paul J. Pearson, MD, PhD

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Cardiothoracic Surgery
4.8 (32)
Professor and Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Dr. Pearson graduated from Wheaton College and received his MD and PhD degrees from Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.  He then completed an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at Mayo Clinic, followed by his general surgery residency at the Virginia Mason Clinic in Seattle.  He returned to the Mayo Clinic for his cardiothoracic surgery training. Dr. Pearson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has dedicated the majority of his career to clinical trial participation and device development, largely in the field of cardiac valve replacement and repair.


Diseases & Conditions

Aortic Stenosis
Aortic Valve Diseases
Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Septal Defect
Coronary Artery Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Valvular Heart Disease
Ventricular Septal Defect

Treatment & Services

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
Heart Valve Surgery
MAZE Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
Mitral, Aortic, Tricuspid and Pulmonary Valve Repair/Replacement
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Valve Repair
Valve Replacement

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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Heart and Vascular Center - Froedtert Hospital
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-6000
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Education & Training

Mayo Clinic - Rochester - MN - Doctor of Medicine - (1991)

Mayo Clinic - Rochester - MN - Doctor of Philosophy - (1991)

National Institutes of Health - Bethesda - MD - Post Doctoral Fellowship in Physiology - (1991-1992)

Virginia Mason Hospital - Seattle - WA - Residency in Surgery - (1993-1995)

Virginia Mason Hospital - Seattle - WA - Chief Resident in Surgery - (1995-1996)

Mayo Clinic - Rochester - MN - Residency in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery - (1996-1998)

Mayo Clinic - Rochester - MN - Chief Resident Associate in Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery - (1998-1999)

Board Certifications

Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Patient Reviews

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4.8 out of 5. 32 ratings, 8 reviews
Dec. 10, 2019
He did not talk down to me. He gave me credit for having a brain and discussed my issues with me intelligently
Dec. 5, 2019
they did a great job taking care of my concerns
Nov. 28, 2019
we were from out of town. Kept us going all day. one person even came in early to perform an unexpected echo cardiogram. personally escorted mom to the next stop. greatly appreciate the time the staff spent with us.
Nov. 21, 2019
Nov. 16, 2019
The Provider's Care Was Good. But without all the information it was kind of difficult to communicate fully. This is the first time in ages that I have seen anyone at "FROEDTERT & THE MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN" in ages. The Clinic had tried to reach me, but they had an OLD NUMBER. Why the VA did't send all this information along, is beyond me. [My former Primary Care Physician at the VA, Dr. James Sebastian, and my current Physician is Dr. Alexanian.
June 27, 2019
We waited for Dr. Salinger for nearly 1 hour in the exam room. If patients are expected to wait that long scheduling is the problem and should be dealt with in the future.
May 7, 2019
I was impressed the way my aortic valve replacement would be performed & what it all entails, I was very concerned having this procedure done, Dr. Pearson went into great detail & made me feel relieved & comfortable & trusting everything would be fine w/the outcome.
April 2, 2019
This visit to see him was to get a second opinion & see if he could do the surgery on the calcified mitral valve.
3. Focus - mitral valve.